Bookends | 16.02.18

Guns of the Dawn by Adrian Tchaikovskyhey, hey, hey it’s Friday again and the blue skies are back! It always amazes me how much happier I feel on bright sunny days. Although we all know rainy days are the best reading days 🙂

I have 6 books to talk to you about this week, a historical romance, the first three books in a paranormal/urban fantasy series, a stand alone fantasy audiobook and the first in a different fantasy series. Busy busy busy!

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Written In Red | Anne Bishop | a review

Written in Red by Anne Bishop

Looking for a good paranormal urban fantasy where the shifters/vamps/etc aren’t humanised so pretty young girls have an excuse to fall in love with them? This is it.

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Favourites | Audiobooks

Today I thought I’d share with you my favourite audiobooks. I never thought I’d get along with them but I’m pleased to say that with the right audiobook, it’s easily as addictive as physical reading. I have regularly found myself sitting in the car for an extra ten minutes to finish a chapter or even exercising that little bit longer so I can carry on listening. I know, crazy!

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Bookends | 09.02.18


Despite being on holiday for most of this week in sunny Bruges, I still managed to get through 3 books! Although I didn’t have as much time during the day to read I did have plenty of time while traveling on the various trains. The Eurostar is fabulous. Bruges was amazingly stunning, it is full of cobbled streets, breath-taking architecture and lovely, kind people. Oh and hundreds of chocolate shops, I even out-chocolated myself which I’d always thought an impossibility. I highly recommend it if you’re inclined to pretty medieval tourist spots. I could totally imagine princesses, knights and dragons roaming the streets. Anyway, onto les livres!

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Totally Should’ve | Book Tag

Robin Hobb | Realm of the Elderlings | fantasy, fictions

I saw this book tag on Emma’s wonderful blog A Dreamer’s Library. Be sure to check it out! This looked so fun so thought I’d give it a go.

Totally Should’ve Gotten a Sequel

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A McKillip | fantasy book

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Bookends | 02.02.18

Bookends | Karina Reads

Oh hey, February. The days are actually brighter, it’s marginally warmer… things are looking up! Although I am fully prepared for the final dip into winter we’re bound to have before spring. It’s a good job I have all the books to distract myself.

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January Favourites


Can you believe it? It’s nearly February! So creating this list has surprised me, turns out 2018 is looking like the year I get back into American tv. I’ve always been a binge watcher of great shows but towards the end of last year I cut them out in favour of completing my Goodreads Reading Challenge. However, my lower reading goal has released me from my self-imposed everything-but-reading-ban and I am happier for it! So without further ado…

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Bookends | 26.01.18

Of Sand and Malice Made & Blood Upon the Sand by Bradley P Beaulieu


I cannot believe it’s the last Friday of January. The sun has even shined this week! I know February and March are usually the darker, wetter months of the year, but February is *the* birthday month in my family so I’m excited that it is around the corner. I hope January has treated you all well and that your start to 2018 has been awesome. My reading week has been far better than last, no 1 star ratings and a new favourite book/series/author! Let’s get to it.

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Twelve Kings | Bradley P Beaulieu | a review


Twelve Kings by Bradley P BeaulieuTwelve Kings by Bradley P Beaulieu is the first book in a six book epic fantasy series set in the great city of Sharakai, deep in the heart of an oppressive desert landscape. This is the kind of fantasy I’ve been searching for. A world of sand dunes, fighting pits & kings; tribes, waking gods & monsters. Sex, lies, betrayals: determination, ruthlessness, skill all together makes Twelve Kings one of my favourite reads.

It is wonderful. and I’ll tell you why.

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January Book Haul

January Book Haul | Karina Reads | Bradley Beaulieu, NK Jemisin, Josiah Bancroft, Kate Quinn


I’ve been quite restrained this month, although this doesn’t include my Kindle /Audible purchases… Out of sight, out of mind, right? Onto the books…

Of Sand and Malice Made | Bradley P Beaulieu | #0.5 The Song of the Shattered Sands

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